Manchester United are closing in on Mats Hummels and are willing to make a bid over £25 million, reports James Ducker from The Times.
The 26-year-old is considered to be one of Louis van Gaal‘s top choices this summer and has been extensively linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Jurgen Klopp’s exit at the end of the season is a big plus in terms of Man United’s pursuit of Hummels. After seven years at the helm for Borussia Dortmund, the charismatic manager will leave the German club and part of the club’s soul will go with him.
Don’t underestimate the impact of what Klopp leaving could do to Dortmund, in much the same fashion as United’s players struggles so hard after Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit.
From United’s perspective, it’s great news Klopp will leave the German side because it also jeopardises the futures of those such as Mats Hummels, Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan. Without Klopp at the helm, there are uncertainties as to whether any could be tempted away far easier now that the manager has announced his decision to leave.
At 26, Hummels would be coming into his peak footballing years and is a World Cup winning, established and experienced defender – everything United’s defence needs. However, he has had a long line of injuries himself in the past, so there are understandable concerns as to whether he could end up spending more time on the sidelines than the pitch.
If the door was slightly open for Hummels to leave before the Klopp announcement was made, then those chances have almost certainly increased and James Ducker reports United are going to play their hand very soon.